Capital Solutions Group*

Tailored solution based on your unique situation and goals

Specialist in specific financial disciplines

Our Wealth Advising Team

Capital Solutions Group* is the Wealth Advising Team for Capital Strategies. Wealth advisors work with clients who have more extensive financial needs. We work one-on-one to create a solution based on your unique situation and goals.

The Capital Solutions Group* helps clients with just about everything connected to their financial world. The team is comprised of subject matter experts in specific financial disciplines often needed by affluent clients:

Investment Management
Estate Planning Strategies
Succession Planning
Tax Strategies

Passionate Professionals

Who Benefits from
These Services?

Existing Clients

Any of our Capital Strategies existing clients have access to the expertise offered by the Capital Solutions Group.* Think of us as in-house specialists. We’ll review your case to see if you would benefit from our comprehensive wealth management services.

New Clients

The Capital Solutions Group* receives new clients even if you aren’t currently working with a Capital Strategies financial professional. We work with high-value families, individuals, and businesses using a consultative process. Once our financial professionals understand your wants, needs, and specific situation, we develop a custom Case Design to work toward the desired outcomes.

Our Financial Professionals and Recruits

The Capital Solutions Group* is mentor-driven to help all our Capital Strategies Financial Professionals and New Recruits. We believe in the “all boats rise” philosophy that we are stronger together.

Immediate access to our breadth and depth of expertise.
Easy “hand-off” to our team that completes all required paperwork.
Advisor development and training.
Advance market training.


Our Process

The Capital Solutions Group* process mirrors that of Capital Strategies. We take the time to understand the intricacies of every client’s unique situation to formulate financial strategies to best suit each client’s needs. This is a financial process, but it is also a relationship process.

Understanding the Client's Personal and Financial Circumstances:

Your planner will explain the services to be provided and define the responsibilities of client and planner. Along with compensation, you’ll discuss how long the professional relationship will last and how you both will make decisions.

Identifying and Selecting Goals:

You and your planner will talk about your current financial situation and gather any necessary documents. Together, you’ll define your personal and financial goals, including time frames. You may also want to discuss your comfort level when it comes to taking financial risks.

Analyzing the Client's Current Course of Action and Potential Alternative Course(s) of Action:

Your planner will take all your finances into account and determine how to meet your goals. Analysis may cover your assets, liabilities, cash flow, protection, insurance, investments, tax strategies, retirement planning, business planning and estate planning.

Developing the Financial Planning Recommendations

Next, your planner will develop financial recommendations, considering the interdependence of the seven financial planning domains with the objective of creating a well-balanced strategic financial plan.

Presenting the Financial Planning Recommendations

Next, your planner will go over the financial recommendations, explaining the rationale so you can make informed decisions.  Your planner will address your questions or concerns and revise recommendations as needed.

Implementing the Financial Planning Recommendations **

You and your planner will need to agree on how the recommendations will be carried out. Your planner may carry out the recommendations or serve as your coach, coordinating the process with you and other professionals.

Monitoring Progress and Updating

As you work towards your goals, you and your planner must decide who will monitor your progress to ensure you’re staying on track. The planner will check in periodically, reviewing your situation and making necessary adjustments or recommendations.

Meet The Team

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Michael Bayer

Advanced Markets Director

Combining his 27 years of professional financial planning practice, Michael serves as the Advanced Markets Director for Capital Strategies, focusing on complex planning solutions. With his passion for education, Michael also focuses on providing world-class financial advice to clients and fellow financial professionals. As Director of the Capital Solutions Group*, a division of Capital Strategies, Michael’s responsibilities include developing and overseeing the Capital Strategies financial planning department and associated specialists in coordination with Capital Strategies growth initiatives. Michael and his wife Jill reside in northwest Austin and have four adult daughters with whom they enjoy spending time.

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Travis Cloud

Financial Planning Director

The client’s financial goals may include preparing for milestone life events like retirement or college, protecting their family’s future, or simply seeking insurance protection. Travis brings an elevated level of attention, insight, and capability. After analyzing the current financial situation, he helps identify financial goals and barriers, illustrates a plan of action to pursue goals and deal with concerns, identifies gaps, and offers solutions to help fill them through various Financial Planning Strategies. A University of Texas graduate, Travis enjoys everything outdoors with his wife and children.

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P. Jordan Smith, Jr.

Financial Planning Director

In addition to running his own practice, Jordan assists other advisors in implementing, growing, and improving their financial planning practices. When offering investment advisory services, he acts in a fiduciary capacity which is the legal obligation to put the client first. However, Jordan’s moral compass always points to him to do what’s right for all clients. In his free time, Jordan hunts, spends time with family and friends, looks for his lost golf balls, cheers on his beloved Aggies and Dallas Cowboys, learns new skills, and spends time with his dog, Buddy.

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Scott Talbott

Financial Planner, Agency Investment Specialist

Preparing for that next step in life isn’t always easy. Scott’s combination of experience, professionalism, and access to various products and services can help clients meet financial goals, plan estate strategies, and determine insurance needs. A Trinity University grad with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Scott is married with two sons. He is a third-degree martial artist, teacher, and state amateur competitor. He is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, San Antonio chapter.

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Joe Skarda

Director, Education & Training - San Antonio

Joe has 48 years of professional practice which focuses on Business Owners, Qualified Retirement Plans, Non-Qualified Executive Benefit Plans, Business Continuation, and Income Maximization Strategies. A lifelong member of South Texas, Joe’s roots are deep. With an extensive amount of experience, designations, memberships, and published articles, Joe brings his vast financial knowledge to help clients and fellow financial professionals. Joe has been married to Debbie for nearly 50 years and enjoys time with his wife, daughter, and grandsons.

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Carmen Corona

Financial Advisor

Carmen has worked in the insurance industry for 32 years in various managerial and administrative roles. Her extensive customer service skills and product knowledge are indispensable to support the team members of the Capital Solutions Group*, a division of Capital Strategies. She is committed to handling all requests promptly and efficiently. Carmen and David, her husband of 35 years, enjoy working on home improvement projects and hiking to explore state and national parks.

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Ryan Hamman

Financial Advisor

Ryan is committed to helping clients protect their assets and achieve financial goals. With a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from UT Austin, he was an educator, teaching economics, and government, and coaching high school basketball for nine years. His “previous life” vocation provides a level of understanding that connects with clients. Ryan is approved in fee-based financial planning and E-money. Ryan is also FINRA registered with series 6, 63, and 65 and is an Investment Advisor Representative.

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Ryan Woolhiser

Chief Investment Officer

Ryan joins the Capital Strategies team with over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. At Invesco / Oppenheimer Funds, he managed Independents, registered investment advisors, and wire houses. His education and experiences allow him to wholistically analyze the client’s financials and construct an investment plan to achieve the client’s financial goals. He is a CFA® Charterholder, a Chartered Alternative Investment Specialist, and a CFA Institute and CFA Society of Dallas/Ft Worth member.

Ryan is responsible for developing a robust wealth management platform with multiple options that will enable our financial professionals to better serve their clients and prospects. He is committed to serving the Capital Strategies Financial Professionals by participating in client and prospect meetings to offer his knowledge of the economy and investment strategies. He brings to the meeting an understanding of behavioral finance which allows him to better communicate and understand the client and their concerns.

When he is not helping people with their financial future, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Allie, and his young son, Leighton, and together they are excited to welcome baby boy number two in the fall. He also enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.

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Whether you are an existing or new client, or one of our hundreds of Capital Strategies Financial Professionals, we are here to help.